1960s-era Italian-made Bartonlini may be perceived by many to be "cheesy", but I just love them. Maybe I'm easily impressed by the glitter and pearloid celluloid finishes, the rows of pushbutton switches, the perspex fingerboards, the unusual choice of FOUR pickups. Maybe I should be more concerned with what these guitars actually sound like. However, Hubert Sumlin, guitarist with Howlin' Wolf, was known to play a very similar Bartolini, and hey, if it was good enough for the likes of him...
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G L Wilson
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Judging by the footage the Bartolini wasn't the most excellent sounding or stable axe that Hubert ever played. Sure looked cool!ReplyDelete
Ok, the Bartolini hasn't got the best reputation, but I remember seeing Sumlin at Eel Pie Island in the sixties. Everyone was raving about the guitar (low attack and fantastic sustain). We didn't know what it was but I can promise you everyone wanted one. Maybe I'm looking at the past through rose-tints or maybe it didn't record well but none of the clips of Sumlin playing a Bartolini sound anything like I remember it.ReplyDelete